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Price in line to start Monday; Percival seems likely to retire

UPDATE: Maddon said he "would not be surprised" if Percival decides to retire. Also, Maddon said they will not designate anyone, such as Jason Isringhausen, to replace Percvial but will use "the whole bullpen" to finish games.

NEWS: LHP David Price is expected to be called up and start Monday in place of LHP Scott Kazmir.
Also Troy Percival left for his California home on Friday frustrated over his latest arm problems and it sounds like there is at least a possibility he could retire.

Percival told the Rays after pitching Thursday that "when he woke up on Monday after pitching Sunday that his arm was really bothering him,'' Rays exec VP Andrew Friedman said. "It was unbeknownst to us. We talked after the game (Thursday) and his arm was continuing to bother him. He's extremely frustrated right now. He's had a tremendous career and we'll support him however we can. And so for right now he's going to take a few days, go home and spend some time with his family and think through things and figure out where he is with his arm, and we'll go from there.''

The Rays expect to know more by early next week if Percival is truly considering retirement. "That's probably for him to answer,'' Friedman said. "I think (Thursday) he was extremely frustrated and the idea was for him to take a couple days to clear his head, see where he is physically, see where he is mentally and we'll support him in whatever way we can.''


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